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Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Steampunk Altered Boxes Chest

You asked for altered art videos And you asked for steampunk projects videos so what’s better than combining the two? This was such a great project to make. I know I say that about all the projects I make but I really enjoy creating steampunk projects! Pure FUN!! This project almost didn’t happen. I was thinking what to do for this week’s Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA video tutorial and my mind went blank. I couldn’t think of what to do, nothing came into my mind. I remembered you guys asked for altered stuff projects so I went to my studio and started going over stuff I have in my drawers. Nothing…my mind was empty! Whenever you have a situation like that the best thing is to stop thinking about it. Just leave it. The minute I let go it came…I’ll do a steampunk altered boxes and I’ll pile them one on top of the other and create a funky chest. As all …

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Is it my new addiction?

I just found These Smash books in fifth of the price they normally sell here. With high customs, shipment etc, Smash books’ prices are really high, but I found these at the same price they sell in the US. Even though they are the old design I couldn’t resist and I took 4. Now the question is…will this be my new addiction? I love this concept of scrapbooking journaling. It goes back to the basics of what scrapbooking used to be – documenting memories. Pages with lots of journaling and a few photos. Sounds perfect for our summer vacation. Only time will tell… What do you think. Will I be hooked or not? Have fun creating!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
5 Minutes Craft – Baby Book

I’m starting a new video series called: 5 Minutes Crafts!Not everything we create has to be an elaborate project with lots of materials. Sometimes we want to create a fast, fun and easy project that would not take days. So how about 5 minutes? The first project in the series is a baby play book made of 4X6 canvas sheets with bold colors like little kids like. The binding is so easy and the book’s content is nothing but a letter stamp and paper scraps. Here’s what you’ll need:4X6 canvas sheetsLarge Letters StampsBlack permanent inkPaper scrapsRaffiaCrop-A-Dile Don’t miss out! Keep up with all the crafty goodness by subscribing to the Einat Kessler creative newsletterHave fun creating!

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Mixed media canvas – Fill Your Life

Sometimes it’s really fun taking things literally. Especially art. Usually art is something expressive that you can take to different directions and interpret how you want. But this mixed media canvas means exactly what it says… I started thinking one day about all the good things my life is filled with and how I never want them to end. Then i thought this could be a great subject for a “Wall of Inspiration” canvas. “If only I could actually fill something with these things…” But wait…I can! I remembered all these little bottles I have kept around (because I never throw anything away…) and knew they will be just the right thing for this canvas. You can use old perfume bottles and test tubes and you can also get them in craft stores. From that point everything was really quick and easy and doing the video was pure fun! Check out all the texture I created on the canvas with …

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Making a Family History Book Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of making a Family History Book! I have some more tips for an old school traditional heritage scrapbook to share! Use Office SuppliesLast time we stopped at the middle of the first chapter that was about the first link in the chain…my son. The next page is avout the school years and would be great as a design for Back to School page. I used an old fashion notebook for the text. I removed all the pages and inserted the printed cardstock that I cut to size. The page when the notebook is closed Note book opened More Text Less Space A great way to insert long texts to a limited space is to create interactive mechanism. A small notebook or booklet that measures 4″x6″ will only take that space although it can include a lot of text. Print the text on flaps or fold A4 pages in half. This way you can use more that …

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
The Ultimate Guide to Acrylic Mediums

I have been asked by a lot of you to explain the concept of acrylic mediums. What are they? what are the differences between them and what the xxxx are they used for. This subject is so confusing so I tried to simplify it by dividing all the options to three different categories: Prep, Paint and Finish. PrepSurface preparations are used to seal, prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces suchas canvas, wood, paper and metal. GessoThe most commonly known and used medium is gesso. Gesso comes in different viscosities from heavy gesso that has the ability to hold sculptural shape to thin gesso that is a gentle primer for fine art work. Gesso comes in white, clear or black. PaintWithin the painting category, there are several different types of products you would use inaddition to the color itself. They are Fluid Mediums, Gel Mediums, Additives, and TextureGels. In general when it comes to thinning acrylics, the …

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Art Journal Page: An Hour early (Time)

Don’t you wish we could have more hours in a day? 24 hours are just not enough! There is a stand-up comedian who says: “so why don’t you get an hour early? I wish it was possible. Well, maybe it’s not possible in real life but in art anything is possible! An art journal is exactly the right place to act out on all our frustrations so I created a page about time, or the lack of it. The page is really simple, you don’t always have to use complicated techniques to stress a point.  The entire page is done only with Distress ink techniques: Stamping and blending. I really love this product I think it’s one of the best products there is in terms of diversity and range. I never resist the temptation of buying more and more colors 🙂 It’s also one of my most used products, I use it in mixed media projects, cards, scrapbooking layouts, altered …

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